The Thing About Writing
Today, I am 2 weeks into my 30 day Writer’s Block Challenge. Here are some random thoughts.
Writing a like untangling strings of thought and crafting them into neat little functional paragraphs.
The sentence (or what the sentence wants to be) forms wordlessly at first. I know it sounds bizarre but in reality, it makes sense. Language is a concrete way to vocalize abstract things such as thought.
Writing is simultaneously relieving and painful. Sometimes it leads to clarity, other times, it feels a bit like a Merry-Go-Round.
Although I started out with a list of topics, I didn’t find them to be as inspiring as I had hoped, so I have been going day by day for the most part.
My ‘14 Days in Review’ or ‘What I Learned So Far’:
- If you correct a sentence that one of your readers has highlighted… their highlight disappears. This makes sense, but also made me sad when it happened. Now, I just leave it the way it is.
- I love interactions from readers. Highlighting and commenting, especially.
- Maybe I am meant to mostly use writing for journaling and organizing thought.
- I use a lot of metaphors (shrug).
- I have to look into it… but I think I may be using the word ‘that’ more than I should.
- I would hire a writing coach if I had the resources to dedicate my entire days to this.
- I think that I may be more efficient at editing since I have a limited amount of time before I have to hit publish.
- … or maybe I just don’t have the time to obsess and accidentally re-write when I am supposed to be just editing.
- Re-reading the next day doesn’t make me feel the need to change anything since I have new writing to focus on each day.
- Poetry is a fall-back for the days when nothing else flows. It was the first thing I wrote, starting at age 11 or 12.
- I want to write about difficult topics but find it hard not to sound negative at times… so those seem to stay in draft.
- Prolific Quality Output (PQO) is The Real Deal. More writing = more reading.
Hopefully, these next two weeks I will continue to see growth and be able to figure out how writing factors into my life.